Monday, 23 November 2015

Spa soaps

Spas seem to be a huge thing these days, that and tattoos, but I don't think people want soaps to scrub off their brand new tattoos, so I'm focusing more on the spa aspect. 

Spas are for relaxing and giving one that extra cleaning. My spa soaps, as I like to call them, are for exfoliating. These include soaps with salts, coffee grounds and ground oatmeal. Not only will they shine the skin, they'll smell good enough to eat.

Clear layer is honey soap. Who doesn't love honey and all its benefits?

White layer has ground oatmeal, which is great for the skin.

Are you a spa person? Do you go there to relax or to get scrubbed so clean you glow?

Monday, 16 November 2015

To honour my sister and her writing group, the Penguins...and it's getting cold out

Going out to a store is dangerous, you never know when you will run into a mould you just have to have! I found that mould the other day. Of course it's meant for ice cubes, which to a soaper means it's perfect for making soaps! Well almost perfect; it's pretty darned difficult to peer inside a black mould (almost as difficult as reading inside a dog). It was difficult to stay within the lines, as you can see, and the eyes were really tough to fill in because well, black on black. I think I need a celebration between Hallowe'en and Christmas to highlight these penguins, maybe call it Hallowmas, what do you think?

Scented with Holiday Candy FO by Brambleberry

Did you know:  a group of penguins is called a colony, a rookery or a Waddle, but these terms are typically used for a group of penguins on land.

A group of penguins floating in the ocean is called a raft.
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Then they just started getting silly.

16 more of these guys and I could have my own "penguins" hockey team. :D

Have a great week!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

LoveIt. CraftIt

I'm hoping this will become an annual fair; LoveIt. CraftIt is a craft fair created by two local artisans. Unlike many of the craft fairs that will be cropping up, this one is actually only for crafters and artisans. It is a small fair, 25 vendors, which should give it a boutique feel.

I am very excited to be part of it and have been making soaps specifically for this fair. Here's a photo I put together for this event.

Included are the computer mouse soap, Mondrian popsicle, honey and oatmeal bars and coffee and goat's milk soaps.

Proceeds from the event will got to Sophie's Place, a local charity. Hopefully it will be a huge success. For anyone in the Greater Vancouver area, the fair is this Saturday at the Heritage Hall on Main Street. For more information, check out LoveIt.CraftIt.

Have you started attending craft fairs, or are you planning on participating in any this year?

Monday, 26 October 2015

Happy Hallowe'en

I haven't made Hallowe'en soaps in a few years, but I needed a thank you gift for some co-workers, so I made these Jack-o-lantern soaps. The scent is chai spice, which is perfect for fall.

Do you celebrate Hallowe'en?

Monday, 19 October 2015

There's never a bad time for popsicles

Because I had an excess, both of the bath salts and soap bits, I had to find ways to use them up. Soapy love is known for its popsicle soaps and they always look so fantastic, so of course I had to try my hand at making my own popsicle.

The embeds worked out rather well in the popsicle, giving it an almost Mondrian effect (I think), but the bath salts didn't fare as well. I thought I could just pour them in as a layer, but of course that doesn't make sense. The salts have nothing to adhere to, and when removed from the mould, just fell apart.

I put some of the salts into a soap base to see if it would work better. I ended up with this Frankenstinian popsicle instead. For now I've stopped trying, mostly because I ran out of popsicle sticks, but I am determined to try new patterns in the popsicle mould because 1) it's fun and 2) popsicle moulds make for very interesting designs.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

To help you relax

A co-worker recently had to take a leave of absence, so our social committee asked people to contribute to a care package for her. In addition to chips (because we always give to others what we want, right?) I made some relaxing bath salts. I scoured Pinterest for a relatively easy recipe that would use whatever ingredients I had on hand.

This is a simple recipe of Epsom salts, Himalayan pink salt, baking soda and rose petals. I enhanced the scent by adding some baby rose FO to it. Although most people would say that lavender is the soothing scent, I thought I'd push the rose theme and to me, it's comforting without making you crave chocolate.

Bath salts

What's your favourite way to relax? Is there a scent that helps you mellow?

Monday, 5 October 2015

Moulds, moulds everywhere

Like most soapers, I like to try and see mould possibilities in everything. This time, it was the husband who brought this to my attention and thought it'd make for a good soap mould. I couldn't agree more.

The first one I made was done with some leftover soaps which I'd heated too high, so that wasn't worth including here. These ones turned out much better. Both are scented with peppermint cocoa FO from Crafter's Choice. I figured that's a good gender neutral scent.

Do you see soap in pretty much everything in your daily life?

Have a great week!